Fellow Application


CivicSpark is a Governor's Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address community resilience issues such as climate change, water, housing, and mobility. CivicSpark is recruiting 90 Fellows for the 2019-20 Service Year. You can view the projects for the upcoming service by visiting Our Projects page.

Please see our Fellow FAQ page if you have any questions.

NOTE for those interested in the North Coast: We may not have projects available in this region for the upcoming year. You may still select this as a region of interest in the application, and if you move on in the process and a project is approved within the North Coast, you may be considered for that project.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

All fields marked with a red * are required.


This section asks you to confirm your understanding of key program aspects.

At this time, we are unfortuantely unable to accept applicants with student visas (such as F1 or F2 student visas, J1 or J2 exchange visitor visas, G series visas, etc.), or those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. All Fellows accepted into the program will be required to provide proof of documentation before Orientation.


This section asks for basic contact and educational background information as well as contact information for references.

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Please upload a PDF of your one-page resume focusing on relevant experience (Note: resumes should be saved using your first initial and last name. For example, ‘ASmith_Resume’).

Contact Details

Please provide your contact information.


All CivicSpark Fellows must have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before the start of the service year. Please provide information on your undergraduate education and graduate (if applicable). If you are still in school at the time of your application, please indicate so in the "Other" field.

Undergraduate Education
Graduate Education


Please list two academic and/or professional references who can speak to your experience with community resilience issues, your work ethic, and/or your experience with community service. Friends and family members cannot serve as references.

**References will be contacted immediately upon submission of your application. They will be asked to complete a reference form within 2 weeks of your date of application submission. Please inform them to look for an email from the CivicSpark program, and be sure to follow-up with them to ensure it is completed on time. If they will be on vacation or on sabbatical, provide the email address to best reach them.**

Reference 1
Reference 2


This section asks about your experience and interests relative to CivicSpark.

Relative to your peers, please rank your top 3 professional skills in order.

Relative to your peers, please rank the top 3 areas/sectors you have the most knowledge of or experience in.

Please select the fields/sectors that you're interested in working within, given the kinds of projects you're interested in. The options below are broad sector buckets in order for us to understand generally where your interests lie. You may select more than one.

Regional Preference

Please rank the following regions by your preference to serve within them. We encourage you to be critical about the regions you choose and select only regions you'd be absolutely willing to move to. As a note, urban regions, such as the LA Area and SF Bay Area, tend to be more competitive due to the amount of applicants interested in those regions.

Rank using the following scale:
1 = not at all interested
2 = somewhat interested
3 = very interested

*At this time, we cannot guarantee projects within this region.


This section asks for short essay responses on key topics about your background and interests relative to the CivicSpark program. Please answer the three following questions in 500 words or less per question (1500 words total). We encourage you to type out your responses in a Word Doc and then paste it into the application to avoid any potential loss of information.


This section asks you to please provide some information about your background. This information is for data tracking purposes only - it will not be used in considering applicants for the program.